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Canada's Indie Booksellers Are Optimistic – Thursday September 12, 2019

BookNet Canada, the organization that compiles sales and other data about Canadian publishing, surveyed independent bookstores around the country and found that 65% of booksellers reported revenue increases from new print books between 2017 and 2018. In addition, 28% said revenue from remaindered books had risen over the same period, while 20% saw increased sales of used books. The stores are, for the most part, still focused on selling books, with those surveyed saying that just 16% of revenue comes from non-book items.

The survey, entitled "What's in Store," is BookNet's first study of independent booksellers. It represents responses from 63 bookstore brands, which altogether operate a total of 80 store locations, and is available to download for free.

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